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University Studies

Mission Statement

University Studies is an inclusive educational environment that empowers students to explore possibilities, confidently make decisions, and prepare for the future.

Vision Statement

University Studies will empower students to collaborate with academic advisors, mentors, and campus partners to take ownership of their education and engage in intentional exploration of majors, interests, and skills.

Academic Planning

Develop an academic plan using HokieGPS - Graduation Plan for Success in HokieSPA

Academic Recovery

Specifically helping University Studies students on Academic Warning, Academic Probation, and Academic Suspension

Forms for Advising 

These are forms for advising including, but not limited to Withdrawal (W) Policy Forms, Academic Appeals, & Authorization to Take Courses at other Institution forms

Pathways to General Education Information

Learn more about Virginia Tech's General Education curriculum. University Studies students typically take a majority of courses each semester in Pathways

UNIV 1824

3 credit hour course which is designed to facilitate your academic success and provide a smooth transition to college


A Living Learning Community  open to any student who wants to explore everything Virginia Tech has to offer

Change of Major Dates

The Office of the Registrar provides dates about Change of Major to help students prepare for their next steps.

To enhance advising and help students change a major, the university has three common change of major times every year.  In addition, the process is online. Once you submit a HokieSpa request, students will be notified regarding the status. Each college will run its own process to determine if it can accept the student and will then notify the student of the decision.

Some colleges and majors require students to attend an information session or contact an individual. Read Major Information Sessions to see requirements for individual majors. 

This process applies to students who wish to change their primary major. Requests for adding secondary majors will still follow the current paper process.

See instructions on how to apply for a new primary major.